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AFA NEWSROOM V15N30, July 22, 2020

Wednesday, July 22, 2020  
Posted by: Liz Chambers
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AFA NEWSROOM V15N30, July 22, 2020

Annual Meeting Registration is Now Open

 

Registration is now open for the 2020 AFA Annual Meeting! Take a look at our meeting website to learn more about our lineup of fantastic speakers, outdoor activities, and amazing sponsors ….did we mention the it’s at the BEACH!

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Alabama 2020 Census

 

The 2020 Census is very important to all Alabamians. As of today, Alabama’s participation in the Census lags far behind other states. Our rural growth, Congressional representation, federal funding, and economic development are at stake. Low participation in the Census could have a negative impact on Alabama’s future.

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Forest2Market CEO Pete Stewart Talks Lumber, Forest Health on NPR’s Marketplace

 

North American finished lumber prices have skyrocketed since the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the global economy in March, and market analysts are taking notice.

 

A recent episode of the nationally syndicated radio show Marketplace, which airs daily in many National Public Radio (NPR) markets, tackled the subject by interviewing Greg Kuta, a lumber futures trader, and Forest2Market CEO Pete Stewart.

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Southeast’s Cumberland Plateau Region Receives $1.3 Million in Conservation Grants from NFWF to Support Forest and Stream Habitat Restoration

 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced $1.3 million in grants to restore, enhance, and protect shortleaf pine, oak and riparian forests, and in-stream habitats for wildlife in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. The grants will generate nearly $1.5 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $2.8 million.

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Rising Softwood Lumber Costs Lead Building Materials Prices Higher in June

 

Prices paid for goods used in residential construction increased 1.9% in June (not seasonally adjusted) according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is the second consecutive monthly increase since the index declined three months straight by a total 5.4%.

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Homebuilder sentiment jumps back to pre-coronavirus pandemic high

 

To find a V-shaped recovery from the economic wreckage of the coronavirus pandemic, look to the nation’s single-family homebuilders.

 

Homebuilder sentiment jumped 14 points to 72 in July, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. That is exactly where it was in March, before the pandemic hit the U.S. economy. Anything above 50 is considered positive sentiment. The HMI plummeted to 30 in April.

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Diageo to launch Johnnie Walker whisky in paper bottles in 2021

 

Johnnie Walker scotch whisky will be available in plastic-free bottles from early 2021, Diageo Plc said on Monday, as the world's biggest spirits maker ramps up efforts to tackle plastic waste.

 

The new bottle, developed in partnership with venture management company Pilot Lite, will be made from wood pulp that meets food grade standards and is fully recyclable, the Guinness and Tanqueray Gin maker said.

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Spotlight on outdoor clothing: Biodegradable fleece made from wood cellulose

 

Wood to wear? Yes, it’s possible! For its Winter Collection 20/21, the outdoor specialist Vaude is once again offering textiles made from biodegradable fleece fabrics with wood cellulose.

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Canada-Based Alabama Pellets Builds Wood Pellet Factory in Demopolis, Alabama

 

Alabama Pellets, a subsidiary of Canada-based Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., plans to invest $95 million to construct a wood pellet production facility in Demopolis, Alabama.

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U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Additional Guidance On Wage and Hour Rules, Family and Medical Leave as Workplaces Reopen

 

The U.S. Department of Labor today published additional guidance for workers and employers on how the protections and requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) affect the workplace as workplaces reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance from the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) includes commonly asked questions and answers that address critical issues in all three laws.

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How Much Energy is Produced Using Wood? A Forester’s Perspective

 

Parsing some of the data and language associated with the global wood pellet trade can be a daunting task. While poking around for current wood pellet industry data recently, I found some interesting information on the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) website called the “Monthly Densified Biomass Fuel Report.” That was the first indication that my terminology was not up to date.

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Congressman Fred Keller urges House Leadership to consider additional measures to keep hardwood industry operational

 

Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12) sent a letter to House Leadership recommending additional relief for the hardwood industry, which continues to struggle due to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

“The U.S. hardwood industry is fully integrated from logging to manufacturing finished consumer goods including flooring, cabinets, and moldings,” the letter reads. “The tissue and paper supplies made of residual chips and dust and the industrial mats, shipping pallets, and railway ties made from hardwood lumber play a crucial role in helping our economy recover from the devastating impacts of COVID-19. Specifically, the hardwood industry is responsible for approximately 1.8 million jobs in mostly rural areas.”

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The Simple Smoke Screening Tool is Back!

 

The Simple Smoke Screening Tool is back! The Southern Fire Exchange previously hosted this tool on our website but we lost the ability to run it following our website migration in March 2020. Thanks to the Florida Forest Service, this easy to use smoke plotting tool has a new home and host on the Florida Forest Service “Fire Tools and Downloads” webpage. The Florida Forest Service is hosting this tool as a resource for prescribed burners across the U.S. so be sure to join us in sharing your appreciation!

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CLT & Mass Timber Popularity, Projects Take Off Across the Globe

 

The number of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and mass timber building projects in development across the globe highlights a changing landscape in building codes and construction preferences. The widespread acceptance of — and in many cases preferences for — wood-based building materials has exploded over the last decade.

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ForestryWorks! billboard campaign

 

The ForestryWorks! billboard campaign has officially kicked off in Alabama! This simplified billboard message is designed to 1) bring awareness to ForestryWorks! and 2) drive traffic to the www.forestryworks.com website.

 

If you see one of our billboards around the state snap a picture and make sure to tag ForestryWorks! and the Alabama Forestry Association.

 

***Reminder – now is a great time to post your jobs and sign to up for the truck driver recruitment employer list.

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Camp Conservation, Virtual Workshop for Educators

 

Alabama PLT is partnering with Extension for a virtual training workshop.The training qualifies for six hours of continuing education for educators.If you are interested in participating, please use the link embedded in the flyer to register.

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Hunt Lease Liability Insurance

 

Are you paying too much for your hunt lease liability insurance? We have the lowest rates in the state and offer the only insurance that provides Proof of Coverage IMMEDIATELY upon payment - when applied for online! You do not have to be a member to apply for Hunting Lease Liability Insurance.

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FWTI COVID19 Impact Survey Results

 

The Forest Workforce Training Institute’s Covid-19 Impact on Forest Product Employers Survey Results

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Continuing Education Classes

 

Foresters and loggers, a reminder that AFA offers online continuing education. Now is a great time to go ahead and handle continuing education hours.

 

Click below for a list of classes.

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Calendar of Events

 

August 11-14 - Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Class - Tuscaloosa

 

September 13-15 - Annual Meeting - Orange Beach

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From Social Media...

It's National Paper Bag Day🛍

 

Whether it's to carry your groceries, to hold your lunch or package a present - paper bags are a great and sustainable option over plastic bags. They are a reusable and recyclable forestry product that can save you money, and save the environment from plastic waste. Paper bags can be the gift that just keeps on giving #nationalpaperbagday

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